19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Sofia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Bansko
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Varna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Sunny Beach
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: New Delhi

3
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for historic sites, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, and admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sofia trip itinerary planner.

New Delhi, India to Sofia is an approximately 12- hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Sofia, you'll gain 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New Delhi in September: highs in Sofia hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Winter Sports Outdoors
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

2
nights
Bansko

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
On the 6th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then explore the striking landscape of Pirin National Park, and then make a trip to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Ski Bansko, then take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bansko trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Bansko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Bansko, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Pirin National Park
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Pirin National Park ©
Pirin National Park
Vihren ©
Vihren
Ski Bansko ©
Ski Bansko

2
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Tsarska Bistritsa, then admire the local landmark of The Big Drinking Fountain, and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rila vacation website.

Drive from Bansko to Rila in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tsarska Bistritsa, The Big Drinking Fountain
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Tsarska Bistritsa ©
Tsarska Bistritsa

2
nights
Plovdiv

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, then explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, and finally walk around Park Tsar Simeon. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Assen's Fortress, steep yourself in history at Bachkovo Monastery, get your game on at Karting Track Lauta, delve into the distant past at Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip planner.

You can drive from Rila to Plovdiv in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Assen's Fortress, Bachkovo Monastery
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

2
nights
Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo ©
Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Kaya Bunar, then make a trip to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, and then explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, examine the collection at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, then pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Veliko Tarnovo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chiesa della Nativita, Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita

3
nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varna: Tyulenovo Rocks (in Tyulenovo), Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, see the interesting displays at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum, delve into the distant past at Stone Forest, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

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Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Varna sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Varna

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Tyulenovo Rocks, Pobiti Kamani, Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Cape Kaliakra
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''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra
Stone Forest ©
Stone Forest

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nights
Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach ©
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sozopol (Sozopol Old Town & Church of Saint Zosima) and Sea Garden (in Burgas). Pack the 18th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Sunny Beach Luna Park. There's lots more to do: cool off at Action Aquapark, admire the striking features of St Stephens Church, and get out on two wheels at Karting Sunny Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sunny Beach driving holiday planner.

Drive from Varna to Sunny Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Sunny Beach, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sozopol, St Stephens Church, Sea Garden
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Sozopol Old Town ©
Sozopol Old Town
Sea Garden ©
Sea Garden

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